Quercus myrtifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Myrtle Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:5 to 30 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms early spring (inconspicuous). Fruits ripen the second fall.
Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, scrubby sandhill.


Recommended Uses:Forms a thicket with many sprouts from spreading roots
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).



Small mammals use the acorns.

 Provides significant food and cover for wildlife.

The acorns are utilized by squirrels.

An important food source for the Florida scrub-jay as the tannins in the nuts help it remain edible through the winter; scrub-jays may also use it for nesting and perching

Larval host  for Horace's duskywing (Erynnis horatius), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies.

Possible larval host for Juvenal's duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis) and oak hairstreak (Fixsenia favonius) butterflies.